MEREDITH RAUSCHUBER
Toys and gifts of all sizes fill every corner and cranny of the Madison Layne Boutique, 13760 U.S. 87 in La Vernia, as owner Meredith Rauschuber prepares to transform the boutique into “The Christmas Store” this Sunday. Parents of a number of local families in need have been invited to “shop” free from the outpouring of donations, to provide holiday gifts for their children.

La Vernia shoppers will notice a difference at Madison Layne Boutique this weekend.

The entire boutique has been transformed into “The Christmas Store,” filled with gifts and toys for families in need to “shop” for their children for Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 18, from noon to 4 p.m.

Boutique owner Meredith Rauschuber was inspired to make the radical holiday transformation, after seeing a post by a social media influencer she follows, who shared how her church in Dallas created a “Christmas Store” for families in need.

“When I saw this, I knew that this was something I would love to bring to La Vernia,” said Meredith, who attends Grace Bible Church. “Since I own a boutique, it just made sense to turn my boutique into a toy store!”
More than 50 families have been invited to “shop” from the plethora of gift items, all donated by the community. Toy and monetary donations are being accepted through this Friday, Dec. 16.

“We have had a huge response from individuals all over the community and several larger monetary donations from a few local businesses,” Meredith shared. “I am so thankful to everyone that donated, no matter how big or small, because without them we could not pull this off!”

She worked with the La Vernia Independent School District to identify families to benefit from the endeavor.

Although there are other organizations inviting toy and gift donations to help families in need, this is different, Meredith explained.

“The biggest difference is that we are inviting the parents to come shop for ‘free’ for their children,” said the San Antonio native, who moved to La Vernia almost eight years ago. “The hope is that this gives the parents a sense of relief during this Christmas season.”

Giving back isn’t new for Meredith — who with her husband, Eric, shares three children, twins Luke and Madi Lopez, La Vernia freshmen; and 10-year-old Trent Rauschuber — or the Madison Layne Boutique. Every year since she opened her business, the boutique has had an “angel tree” to provide gifts for those in need, and has participated in the “Big Give” — a 24-hour online day of giving in September, in which organizations enroll and invite donations.

MEREDITH RAUSCHUBER

“The first 2 years for the Big Give, we just collected money and gifts to give to a handful of families in need,” Meredith said. For the past two years, the boutique has held a “Big Give 5K” and raised money for local families, as well as an orphanage in Africa.

“We have also raised money a couple times for families battling cancer,” she added.

Meredith believes her business is only a “success” if she’s obedient to God, giving “back what He has blessed me with,” she explained. “I want nothing more than to be able to bless others and for them to know how loved they are.

“My goal with my business has always been to show Jesus to everyone and that they would see and feel a difference at Madison Layne Boutique,” she said. “If we can be the hands and feet of Jesus and truly love people the way we should, then that is all that matters.”


The giving continues…

Meredith Rauschuber and Madison Layne Boutique also will sponsor a barbecue benefit for Dustin Menzer of Adkins on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Dustin and his wife, Alayna, are Meredith’s longtime friends. He’s battling an aggressive cancer and is unable to work. Alayna has several jobs and needs some help providing for their three children and meeting Dustin’s medical expenses.
Tami Wieland and Kayla Travis are helping Meredith with this event. Double T BBQ will cook the food. To-go plates will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North San Antonio Healthcare Associates (NSAHA) office at 11907 U.S. 87, near Twin Oaks Drive in La Vernia.
Get tickets for barbecue plates or make monetary donations at Madison Layne Boutique.